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Altman keeps ‘Company’

'Hedwig' producers, Campbell eye ensemble ballet pic

NEW YORK — Robert Altman is in talks to direct “The Company” for Killer Films from a script by Barbara Turner (“Pollock”), with Neve Campbell attached to produce and co-star.

Cinetic Media is in Cannes with Altman to help Killer close financing for the pic. The ICM-repped Altman also will be taking meetings with financiers for other potential projects. Altman remains attached to films “Voltage” and “Unfinished Life.”

Killer’s Jocelyn Hayes developed “The Company” with Campbell, who brought Turner’s script to Killer’s attention. Ensemble project, to include a cast of 50, explores the creative life of a company of ballet dancers. Campbell will play a young dancer who has other interests, distracting her from the dedication the craft requires. Killer is eyeing a summer start date.

Killer recently reupped for two more years with John Wells Prods., which supplies overhead and development funds for the Gotham shingle. Though it remains one of the few specialty shingles without a domestic deal, Killer returns to the Croisette with a killer track record for finding distribution for each pic it produces.

Last year, Killer produced John Cameron Mitchell’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and Todd Solondz’s “Storytelling,” both released by Fine Line Features. The Killer-produced “Series 7: The Contender” was distributed by USA Films.

Killer has a slew of pics due for release in the fall, including Robin Williams starrer “One Hour Photo,” co-financed by Fox Searchlight and Catch 23, from director Mark Romanek; Tim Blake Nelson’s “The Gray Zone,” to be released by Lions Gate; Todd Haynes’ “Far From Heaven,” starring Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid and Dennis Haysbert, which the newly christened Focus will release; and Rose Troche’s “The Safety of Objects,” an upcoming IFC Films release.

Jody Patton and Paul Allen’s Clear Blue Prods. helped Killer finance “Far From Heaven” and “Safety of Objects.”

‘Monster’ coming

Killer begins lensing DV feature “Party Monster” in conjunction with Content Film on Friday. Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”) direct the ensemble cast of Macaulay Culkin, Seth Green, Chloe Sevigny, Dylan McDermott, Diana Scarwid, Natasha Lyonne and Marilyn Manson.

“I think we have clearly made a name for ourselves as being hands-on producers with a strong point of view,” Vachon said. “Our budgets grow and change as the directors do. But for us it is really about the material.

“We’re in a good position right now because people know who Killer is,” she added. “Our name has come to symbolize a certain degree of quality and integrity.”

Vachon’s partners at Killer are Pam Koffler and Katie Roumel. Brad Simpson is head of development.